How Long do Disabled Children Get Child Support?

Posted Date:February 29, 2016 | Categories:

Disabled Children Child Support

Generally, child support is payable until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school, whichever is later.  If parents agree, support can extend to college years, but this must be formalized in your child support agreement.

For disabled children who are not expected to be self-sufficient by their 18th birthday, special rules apply. Child support can be ordered by the court to extend beyond the child’s 18th birthday for a disabled child, but it must be requested prior to the 18th birthday. How long the child support may be requested depends on the child’s ability to become independent.

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How Can Child Support Be Modified?

Posted Date:February 26, 2016 | Categories:

Modified Child Support

There are times when changing situations demand changing negotiated agreements such as child support. Ohio law establishes child support based on a fairly complex set of guidelines   that start with the parents’ combined incomes. Either party may petition the court to modify the current child support order. If you or your spouse has experienced a change in circumstances amounting to ten percent income or more – either up or down – you may be able to apply for child support modification.

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Meeting Your Divorce Attorney For the First Time

Posted Date:February 18, 2016 | Categories:

Meeting With Divorce Attorney

It is important to get the very most out of the first meeting with your divorce attorney, so preparing for the meeting should be a top priority for you. Your individual circumstances will dictate, to a large degree, how to prepare for this first meeting. For instance, a client in a domestic violence situation will have vastly different needs from a client who is seeking a collaborative divorce process.

With this said, there are a few basics that everyone seeking a divorce can come to that first meeting prepared to provide, in terms of information, and questions to ask your attorney. This first meeting is the time to start building your collaborative relationship with your attorney. The better prepared you are at this first meeting will result in keeping costs down and facilitating the overall process.

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How Long Does it Take to Finalize a Divorce in Ohio?

Posted Date:February 15, 2016 | Categories:

Divorce in Ohio

The unequivocal answer to “how long does it take to finalize a divorce in Ohio,” is it depends. And what it depends upon is the story of how long it will take to finalize the divorce. One thing is certain, no divorce will be finalized until all the issues – property, debt, child custody, child support and spousal support – have been resolved. For planning purposes, you can expect that it will be several months to more than a year before the divorce is final.

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Relocation of a Parent and Child Support

Posted Date:February 1, 2016 | Categories:

Child Support Relocation

When a custodial parent wishes to relocate outside of Ohio, that parent must get the consent of the court or of the other parent. The parent wishing to relocate files a notice of intent to relocate. The notice is filed with the same court that granted the divorce. The court then sends the notice to the other parent, who may then file a motion objecting to the move.

The court may hold a hearing based on the objection of the other parent, or the court may wish to hold a hearing even in the absence of an objection. The parent wishing to relocate needs to prove that this move would be in the best interests of the child or children.

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Child Custody Concerns While Divorcing

Posted Date:January 18, 2016 | Categories:

Child Custody Concerns While Divorcing

During a divorce one of the primary concerns must be for the welfare of your children. As you begin divorce proceedings, keeping their well-being in the forefront of your decisions is important to both parents and children.

In recent years there has been a movement to redefine custody from a one-parent custody, and one-parent visitation model, to a shared parenting model. Joint custody, known in Ohio as shared parenting, is when both parents share equal custody, decision-making and parenting responsibilities for the minor children.

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How Personality Disorders Effect Divorce Procedures

Posted Date:January 17, 2016 | Categories:

Divorce Procedures

Personality disorder added to the emotional trauma of divorce can result in a difficult divorce.  To begin, a clear understanding of what constitutes a personality disorder is helpful.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders categorizes personality disorders into three broad categories, with between three and four disorders in each category. Psychology Today states “personality disorder can be diagnosed if there are significant impairments in self and interpersonal functioning together with one or more pathological personality traits. In addition, these features must be (1) relatively stable across time and consistent across situations, (2) not better understood as normative for the individual’s developmental stage or socio-cultural environment, and (3) not solely due to the direct effects of a substance or general medical condition”. 

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What to Know About Single Parent Adoption

Posted Date:January 11, 2016 | Categories:

Columbus Single Parent Adoption

Single parents are welcome to adopt! Though there are special challenges for the single parent, those challenges are by no means insurmountable and the richness of having a child you love who loves you in your life will far outweigh the challenges presented by single parenthood.

There are estimates that as much as 25 percent of special needs adoptions are by single parents. Nationwide, estimates are that anywhere from five to ten percent of all adoptions are by single parents.

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How to Make the Transition from Married to Single Smooth and Easy

Posted Date:January 10, 2016 | Categories:

Transition from Married to Single

Making the transition from married to single can be difficult, but there are ways to reduce the emotional stress.  Here’s some advice on how to ease the transition.

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Special Needs Adoption Procedures

Posted Date:January 8, 2016 | Categories:

Special Adoption Procedures

The actual legal process for adopting a special needs child is the same as any other adoption, and you can get a brief look at the process by going to our blog on the subject here. Adopting a special needs child can be the most rewarding and beautiful gift you give your family, and the child or children you adopt.

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